Taking inspiration from the 400 year tradition of Mexican retablo painting, participants in this class will explore self-examination and commemoration by painting an extraordinary event from their personal lives. Mexican retablos are also known as ex-votos (from ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made.") These folk paintings are created in the Mexican Catholic tradition as personal testimonials of travails survived and blessings received. Traditionally done by people with no painting experience, their contemplation of grace and thankfulness can be translated to a secular setting. This workshop encourages the painter to think about their life as a story filled with everyday miracles.